Since 2010, Erik Seidel has worked on existential questions of human existence in his sculptural works. Inspired by the confrontation with Dante’s “Divine Comedy” and Goethe’s “Faust”, he creates works which take up topics such as death, transience and the destruction of the environment. Despite this fundamental apocalyptic mood – empty cranial cavities pile up as macabre columns, the entire globe burns out with a spectacular explosion – the artist occasionally lets us share his finely dosed humour. Everything is flowing, it is not yet too late, maybe we can still change course.
This artistic intervention in the Ornamental Cast Iron Museum is special because Erik Seidel creates his works using traditional cast iron technology. However, following casting, he subjects them to a special surface treatment which makes the items rust. Therefore, a tension-filled contrast between the contemporary rust-red sculptures and the “black” ornamental cast iron work from the 19th century arises in the permanent exhibition.
Erik Seidel (born in 1966) studied Art Education at Magdeburg University and Visual Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. Between 1997 and 1999, he added training as a stonemason and a stone carver to his repertoire. He has been represented in various individual and group exhibitions at galleries and art houses since 2005.